Archive for the ‘Andrew Sullivan’ tag

#  We Didn’t Start the Flame War →

April 19th, 2009 at 14:17 // In Worth Distraction 

Profane and brilliant.

(via Mr. Sullivan)

#  Understanding the Weekend →

October 26th, 2008 at 20:44 // In Worth Reading 

I’ve not read a book in a while and I’ve not missed it. But a good magazine article, those I have missed in their absense. This one, from 1991, is a good one. Take, for example, this excellent bit on weeks:

The week mocks the calendar and marches relentlessly and unbroken across time, paying no attention to the seasons. The British scholar F H. Colson, who in 1926 wrote a fascinating monograph on the subject, described the week as an “intruder.” It is an intruder that arrived relatively late. The week emerged as the final feature of what became the Western calendar sometime in the second or third century A.D., in ancient Rome. But it can be glimpsed in different guises—not always seven days long, and not always continuous—in many earlier civilizations.

And a bit about the psychology of weekends:

We have invented the weekend, but the dark cloud of old taboos still hangs over the holiday, and the combination of the secular with the holy leaves us uneasy. This tension only compounds the guilt that many of us continue to feel about not working, and leads to the nagging feeling that our free time should be used for some purpose higher than having fun. We want leisure, but we are afraid of it too.

(via Andrew Sullivan)

#  We Broke the Debt Clock →

October 7th, 2008 at 14:16 // In Worth Seeing 

The day that thing stopped going up seems like a decade ago. Oh, it was.

(via Andrew Sullivan)

#  Abstract Earth →

July 17th, 2008 at 22:25 // In Worth Seeing 

Though I’m not quite sure what makes these satellite images “abstract,” I do think they’re pretty neat. (Seperately, some of these pictures were linked to in this post.)

(via Andrew Sullivan)

#  Lightmark →

July 7th, 2008 at 20:52 // In Worth Seeing 

I don’t really know how these pictures were made, but I’m pretty sure I like them.

(via Andrew Sullivan)

#  SKYplay →

May 15th, 2008 at 18:06 // In Worth Seeing 

These pictures are pretty awesome. Perhaps best as a slideshow.

(via Andrew Sullivan)

#  Mapping the Blogosphere →

May 15th, 2008 at 14:12 // In Worth Seeing 

Further proving that I’m a sucker for cool presentation of data that serve no practical purpose: another in a recursive series about mapping the blogosphere. The coolest visuals are at the bottom, some analysis is here.

(via Andrew Sullivan)

#  Foreign Policy and The Godfather →

May 14th, 2008 at 16:22 // In Worth Reading 

Andrew Sullivan recently pointed out this approachable article in The National Interest that compares the three major strains of contemporary American foreign policy theory — liberal institutionalism, neoconservatism, and realism — to characters in The Godfather. A sample:

Rather than ignoring this phenomenon like Tom or launching a frontal assault against it like Sonny, Michael sees it as a hidden opportunity. For Michael knows that if the family acts decisively, before the Tataglias and Barzinis have acquired a commanding margin of power, it can rearrange the existing institutional setup in ways that satisfy the new power centers but still serve vital Corleone interests. This he does through a combination of accommodation (dropping the family’s resistance to narcotics and granting the other families access to the Coreleones’ coveted New York political machinery) and institutional retrenchment (shifting the family business to Nevada and giving the other families a stake in the Corleones’ new moneymaker, Las Vegas gambling). In this way, Michael is able to give would-be rivals renewed incentives to bandwagon with, rather than balance against, the Corleone empire, while forcing them to deal with him on his own terms.

#  The Mysterious Blog of Magical Illusions →

May 3rd, 2008 at 16:10 // In Worth Seeing 

That title’s silly, but Arthur Shapiro’s Illusion Sciences blog is has some very cool stuff.

(via Andrew Sullivan)

#  Of Names and Naming

April 23rd, 2008 at 17:56 // In Worth Distraction 

Two interesting stories.

(via Mr. Sullivan and Passport, respectively)